TRURO - It wasn't the result the Cobequid Cougars wanted in their final regular season tilt.
The Cougars were on the wrong end of a 43-6 thrashing from the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames Saturday in their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League clash at James Macpherson Stadium.
Although he was disappointed with the score, Cougars coach Scott Annand said there were plenty of positives his team could take from the result.
"The kids played 60 minutes but we were just beaten by a better football team," Annand said. "But our guys worked hard until the end."
The result means the Cougars (4-4) wind up in fifth spot in the league's Scotia Division. Out of contention for a provincial championship, the Cougars will host the Nova Division's sixth-place finisher - unknown at press time - in a consolation playoff matchup. A date and time for the game has yet to be announced.
But Annand would much rather be battling for a Tier 1 title in the coming weeks, as the Cougars, the most successful team in league history, had done year after year until hitting lean times the past few seasons.
"To finish 4-4, that's not what we work for, not what we set our goals on," he said. "There's a lot of history and tradition here."
Kyle Scott, who made four catches for 56 yards, scored Cobequid's only major, which came in the second half after the Flames had built a 37-0 cushion.
Riley Jennings was 5-for-17 for 61 yards and Andrew Murphy collected 83 yards on six punt returns.
Defensively, Murphy made 11 tackles, Adam Kaulback collected seven and Aidan Roy made six and added a sack.
Annand said he was pleased with his team's defensive effort in the second half, holding the potent Flames offence to just one score.
"That just shows the character, pride and passion our guys have," he said.
But the veteran coach said his players were simply outclassed by a much stronger Flames team that has the ability to get it done in every aspect of the game.
"We were able to disrupt them in the first quarter but they have a lot of deep threats and we just couldn't cover them off and when that happens you lose field position and are always defending a short field."
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